The Sixers have now lost 26 straight games, tying an NBA record. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images Sport)
The Philadelphia 76ers tied an NBA record by losing their 26th consecutive game when they fell to the Rockets 120-98 in Houston on Thursday.
The only other team to suffer so many consecutive defeats? The 2010-11 Cavaliers, who were picking up the pieces after franchise player LeBron James signed with the Heat during the preceding offseason.
Philadelphia hasn't won a game since Jan. 29, and it has suffered a series of blowout losses since the trade deadline, when GM Sam Hinkie traded away Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to ramp up the team's rebuilding effort. The Sixers will have a chance to set a new record for the NBA's longest losing streak when they host Detroit on Saturday.
Here's a quick look at the Sixers' streak by the numbers...
- Average margin of defeat: 17.1 points
- Average points conceded: 111.3 points
- Average points scored: 94.3 points
- Number of days since Philadelphia's last win: 58
- Number of defeats by 20+ points: 9
- Number of defeats by 40+ points: 2
- Number of defeats by four points or less: 1
- Philadelphia's offensive efficiency rank: No. 30 out of 30
- Philadelphia defensive efficiency rank: No. 28 out of 30
Sixers coach Brett Brown has confronted the team's struggles head on, admitting this week that the losing streak will have a carry-over effect into the upcoming offseason.
"No free agent is going to want to come to Philadelphia at this stage," Brown said, according to Philly.com. Why would a good free agent want to come in and be a part of a rebuild?"
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Should Philadelphia lose out the balance of their regular season schedule, which is a distinct possibility, it would finish with an almost unthinkable 36-game losing streak.
"Any win that we have going forward would be considered an upset," Brown admitted earlier this month, according to CSNPhilly.com
. "This is not slit-your-wrist time. This is not even close to that. This is about building a program and understanding the short-term pain for a lot of long-term gain. ... To truly rebuild and grow something is going to take three to five years. That is just the way it goes."